National uniform medication program gets a push

Thoroughbred racehorse Nehro. By Rob Carr, Getty Images.

TOM LaMARRA, reporting for The Blood-Horse reports: The National Uniform Medication Program wasn't on the agenda at the recent American Horse Council convention, but progress on that front was addressed during forums and in conversations among attendees. State-by-state adoption of model medication rules and the companion multiple medication violation penalty system continues around the country.… Continue reading National uniform medication program gets a push

KHRC finds no smoking gun in Peta undercover sting of racehorse trainer Asmussen

I am not shocked. I am not the least little bit surprised. This is horse racing American style and it stinks to high heaven. You take your big carcasses of cheating and horse cruelty and sweep them under the proverbial rug. Abusing drugs and cheating. That seems to be a common thread in too many… Continue reading KHRC finds no smoking gun in Peta undercover sting of racehorse trainer Asmussen

Scandal casts shadow over grandeur of Kentucky Derby

Cross-posted from the New York Times WRITTEN BY JOE DRAPE LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Early Saturday night, the horses for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will saunter onto the racetrack as a capacity crowd at Churchill Downs serenades them with a full-throated “My Old Kentucky Home.” It promises to be a stirring tableau of… Continue reading Scandal casts shadow over grandeur of Kentucky Derby

Horse Racing in America: A Spectacle of Liars, Dopers and Cheaters – Part 1

Orb ridden by Joel Rosario comes down the final stretch on his way to winning the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

by JANE ALLIN Introduction Twenty horses, dirt flying around the first turn at Churchill Downs and the sound of hooves thundering down the stretch toward the finish line in pursuit of the first jewel in the Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby. Steeped in tradition, the first Saturday in May brings with it fancy and outrageous… Continue reading Horse Racing in America: A Spectacle of Liars, Dopers and Cheaters – Part 1

Cohen: The ugly truth about horse racing

at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Cross-posted from The Atlantic BY ANDREW COHEN There are essentially three types of people in horse racing. There are the crooks who dangerously drug or otherwise abuse their horses, or who countenance such conduct from their agents, and who then dare the industry to come catch them. Then there are the dupes who labor under… Continue reading Cohen: The ugly truth about horse racing

Accused horse trainer Asmussen sacks assistant Blasi; industry responds

Record-smashing Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra is led to a waiting van by assistant trainer Scott Blasi. Image: Churchill Downs website.

The word over the weekend concerning Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Steve Asmussen is he has sacked his assistant Scott Blasi. Blasi is the inconvenient star of the Peta undercover investigation that leaves he and and Asmussen accused of horse cruelty, among other things. "Among other things" appears to be on most people's minds however. Our concern… Continue reading Accused horse trainer Asmussen sacks assistant Blasi; industry responds

Asmussen, the torture of racehorses and agonizing death of Nehro

Trainer Steve Asmussen at the Rail, Belmont Park, 2011. Image source: Flickr.

Thoroughbred trainers Steve Asmussen and Scott Blasi have been accused of cruelty to racehorses following an undercover investigation conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). No surprise there. I believe that more investigations of this type would unearth equally sinister horrors committed by American Thoroughbred horse trainers and their staff. The shocking… Continue reading Asmussen, the torture of racehorses and agonizing death of Nehro

Wranglers say horses, other animals used in ‘Hobbit’ movies died on unsafe NZ farm

A horse used in the making of 'Hobbit'. Image source: Peta website.

Cross-posted from The Washington Post REPORTED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Animal wranglers involved in the making of “The Hobbit” movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept at a farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other “death traps.”… Continue reading Wranglers say horses, other animals used in ‘Hobbit’ movies died on unsafe NZ farm

What does PeTA really think about horse slaughter

PeTA Horse Meat Ad. Christopher Nelson Ad Agency image.

I don't know about you, but we have seen PeTA quoted in various articles that it is better for the U.S. to slaughter horses on home soil than to send horses across the border for it. In particular is this quote from Ingrid Newkirk in the Christian Science Monitor: In an interview with the Monitor,… Continue reading What does PeTA really think about horse slaughter

Happy horse meat? I think not.

by VIVIAN GRANT Happy Meat I was shocked when I learned Peta gave an award to Temple Grandin for anything, let alone for making animal death factories more "compassionate." Major animal rights groups have become little more than consultants to animal agriculture, advocating that so long as animal suffering is lessened before they are brutally… Continue reading Happy horse meat? I think not.